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The Art of War

Written by: Sun Tzu
Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Publisher's Summary

The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

Aidan Gillen - who has learned a thing or two about strategy through his roles as skilled manipulator Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Game of Thrones) and ambitious politician Tommy Carcetti (The Wire) - brilliantly performs this ancient classic. His experience in portraying insightful and, at times, cunning characters makes him a natural fit for this ancient collection of battlefield epigrams whose influence has grown tremendously in the modern world.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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little finger

couldn't have chosen a better person to read this. I've been playing it on loop all morning and plan to keep doing so

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interesting

I really liked this book, my first audiobook, wasn't too long and it was easy to listen to! one of my favourite quotes was "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." #Audible1

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Really good

This was a very good recording. I really enjoyed it. I will be listening to it again

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The Art of War

what a great analogy of strategy of war something that can be used in a working environment. incredible

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  • 2019-11-01

easy and captivating

the narrator was convincing and captivating. the tempo is easy to follow. I finished the book and listened to it again immediately..

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A Classic

A classic! Short as the book may be, it's so rich in informational content. A difficult book to convey, Aiden does a superb job in keeping the listener entranced in the subject matter. A book that'll certainly be repeated over and over, passed from generation to generation.

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Classic with an enhanced Narrator

Art of War is always a fine read but now with Little Finger narrating its that much better!

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must listen

this should be mandatory listening material for anyone in business. great narration too. highly recommend.

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Outstanding

Exceptional rendition of a classic work. The stories and anecdotes were easy to follow. The way the work is presented helps capture the wisdom behind the ideas of the original author, I would recommend this work to anyone looking for a no nonsense telling of The Art of War.

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great book! great narrator! I highly recommend this version of the book. performance will keep me listening over and over again

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  • Angelina PM
  • 2015-04-14

Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

What made the experience of listening to The Art of War the most enjoyable?

The narration

What did you like best about this story?

The simplicity, the sensibility that Sun Tzu brought to chaotic war.

Which character – as performed by Aidan Gillen – was your favorite?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Please have Aidan Gillen narrate The Prince next, and really anything else. This man could read a phone book and I'd pay for it.

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  • Charles
  • 2019-03-24

Commentary on The Art of War, not the actual book

I expected this to be a narrated version of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. In reality it is a commentary on the book with some of it read.

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  • coppertin
  • 2015-04-24

Great performance

This ancient text may apply to many people's work. Anyone who works in a competitive environment can benefit from it, even if only a little. Even if you can't benefit from it, this work might help the listener to understand historical works dealing with wars better.

The reading is excellent. Aidan Gillen does a great job reading the text. I don't know if it's because I've been watching Game of Thrones for four seasons, but it sounds like he's using a kind of Littlefinger voice here, which adds to the effect. I'd recommend this audiobook to pretty much anyone, even if they don't have an army.

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 2018-04-14

Game of War

The Art of War is a time tested classic of strategy and martial wisdom. The reputation of this book is extremely well known, so I won’t bother reviewing Sun Tzu. If you’ve ever been interested in this text, go for it.

If you’re reading this review, my guess is that you’re wondering about the performance. In short, Aidan Gillen knocks it out of the park. If you’re a fan of Aidan Gillen (or Game of Thrones in general) what could be cooler than being schooled in the art of war by Lord Petyr Baelish himself? You owe it to yourself to give this a listen. Highly recommended!

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  • Mathias
  • 2015-05-27

Littlefinger brings it home

Aidan Gillen delivers a great performance and keeps the listener interested and engaged through out the entire book!

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  • Molly Mcdermott
  • 2015-05-27

Clever and extremely enjoyable

Stroke of genius having Aidan Gillen read Art of War. His gentle Irish brogue is tough yet alluring. And as a fan of GoT, I can see Littlefinger conspiring over this document and making these words his own. Well done!

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  • realname.exe
  • 2019-10-23

short

there is nothing in the title or the summary of this piece to suggest that it is not the full book, but it is not. it is incredibly short, and full of things that i have already heard.

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  • G. Parish
  • 2016-05-31

A classic text, read well

This is a classic text and the narrator fit it well. If you are interested in strategy this is a required text.

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  • Tukundane
  • 2018-12-08

Best strategy book.

I have listened to the book while multi tasking and in heavily noise locations without missing key point Sun puts out.
The Art of War strategies once implemented in the day today activities can have great impact.
I am surely going to listen to it the second time in a more calm and quiet environment.

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  • Scott Craig
  • 2015-04-12

Enjoyed this reading.

Enjoyed the reading. Very well presented!👍👍. Was thankful for the AUDIBLE 50% SPRING cleaning sale. Thank you for the presentation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-12

Awesome the tittle describes it vvery well

Description of strategies and tactics you need in warfare
Great book, I don't know how relevant it is in today's World though but still it's short and there are still at least some valid points but i am not an expert on this subject so read and judge by yourself